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Take a rare glimpse inside Grace Coddington's home

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Rows and rows of framed black and white photographs, cat-shaped cushions and English ceramics.

It sounds like an exciting jumble sale we'd want to dive into head first, but this is Grace Coddington's brilliant New York apartment.

The US Vogue Creative Director invited WSJ. Magazine for a sneak peak into her home ahead of an online auction of nude photographs she has curated with auction house Paddle8.

In Coddington's bedroom, her cat Bart lounges on a Chanel blanket

The fashion icon told the magazine she describes herself as a hoarder.

The Chelsea apartment, which she shares with her boyfriend, hairstylist Didier Malige, is bursting with intriguing items from orange Hermès and black-and-white Balenciaga cardboard boxes to plates from Café de Flore and the Ritz in Paris.

There are jugs for flowers, reported WSJ. Magazine, pieces of old folk art and more than anything, there are displays of her love for cats, from feline-shaped cushions to 15 ceramic cats that line one shelf in her kitchen.

Cat pillows she's owned since the early '80s

But unsurprisingly, Coddington's eye for beautiful images - she has been the brains behind American Vogue's fantastical fashion spreads - is apparent in her collection of photographs which are on display in every corner of her apartment.

Coddington in the living room of her New York City apartment, surrounded by a few of her photographs and collectibles.

"A narrative doesn't have to be 10 pages, it can be one picture," she said to WSJ. Magazine whilst pointing to photograph of three women sitting on a couch, by French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin. "In that one picture, you can feel a whole story. Something just happened, something is about to happen."

In the kitchen, shelves are crowded with the English ceramics and cat teapots and mugs Coddington has collected for decades.

Grace Coddington works closely alongside Anna Wintour and she shot into the limelight in 2009 when the documentary The September Issue portrayed her as the unsung and refreshingly down-to-earth heroine at Vogue.

Grace Coddington with her cat Bart

A close up of Coddington's cat Bart lounging on a Chanel blanket in her bedroom

Grace Coddington with boyfriend Didier Malige in New York in March 2014

The issue hits newstands on Friday 2 May. Read the full article at wsj.com

Images: photography by Arthur Elgort for WSJ. Magazine and Rex Features

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